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Man sentenced to 55 years for shooting, killing motorcyclist in Granite City

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Caleb Bailey sentenced to 55 years for shooting, killing a motorcyclist, Travis Mayes in 2014 (Credit: Granite City PD) Caleb Bailey sentenced to 55 years for shooting, killing a motorcyclist, Travis Mayes in 2014 (Credit: Granite City PD)
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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A Granite City man will spend five decades in prison for killing a motorcyclist, police say. 

In May, Caleb Bailey, 25, was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting and killing a motorcyclist, Travis Mayes, in Granite City in 2014.

Bailey was facing three counts of first degree murder.

A Madison County Sheriff deputy discovered Travis Mayes dead next to his motorcycle in the 4700 block of Nameoki Rd. 

Family members say Mayes pulled over on his motorcycle because a car was following him. Gunshots were fired shortly after both vehicles stopped and Mayes was killed instantly. According to Mayes' relatives, the shooting was because a dispute Mayes' and the suspect had about a woman.

"Travis has had a lot of girlfriends and there was something about this girl that caught him," said Mayes' niece Amber Duke. "I asked him to leave her alone because he was arguing with this guy for months. It's so stupid for anyone to lose their life over a girl."

"Not only did he take Travis' life, but he took part of my life," said Travis Mayes' nephew, Joe Mayes. "He left two of Travis' children without a dad."

"You look at him and people judge a book by its cover. You think he's a thug and no good," said Joe Mayes. "He's the best guy you'll ever meet. Ain't no one out there who will forget his smile."

Authorities say Bailey is sentenced to 55 years in jail.


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